Thursday, 02 April, 2020

US forces assist Philippines in battle to end city siege

Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at a funeral home for the wake attended by the families of those killed at Resorts World in Pasay City metro Manila Philippines US forces assist Philippines in battle to end city siege
Christy Curtis | 11 June, 2017, 06:10

In a televised press conference earlier on Saturday, Herrera said that 13 Philippine marines had been killed in battles with some 200 insurgents allied to the "Islamic State" (IS) militant group.

Military spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said at televised briefing Friday thatgovernment troops seek to facilitate Marawi's liberation by Monday. On Wednesday, 11 soldiers were killed while 10 others were wounded when a bomb dropped from an air force plane landed into their position.

Filipino forces, meanwhile, captured on Friday the mother of two top militant leaders leading the siege.

On Friday, a USA surveillance place was seen flying over Marawi City in the Southern Philippines, where at least 58 members of the country's security forces have been killed amidst intense urban fighting with hundreds of Islamist rebels who seized part of the city late last month. In 2002, the U.S. helped Philippine authorities track down Abu Sayyaf leader Abu Sabaya, who was killed in that operation.

The announcement of USA help in the embattled southern region of Mindanao comes after Duterte has sought to reduce the Philippines' reliance on the United States and build much closer ties with China and Russian Federation.

The spokesperson gave no details of the U.S. involvement.

Clashes had erupted between state forces and terror groups on May 23 following an attempt to arrest the terror leader, said to be the anointed ISIS chief in Southeast Asia.

The Philippines military told Reuters the us was providing technical assistance to end the siege of Marawi City, but had no boots on the ground.

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Another report said the group had with them two wounded individuals believed to be relatives of the elder Maute.

Horgan says during the first week after the May 9th election, the Liberals raised more than a million dollars, "We don't know what the lieutenant governor will do".

"We don't have adequate surveillance equipment, so we asked the USA military for assistance".

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said the militant attack was part of a wider plot by the Islamic State to establish a base in the southern region of Mindanao.

He said combat clearing operation will continue.

Without confirming the specific request from the Philippines, a Facebook spokesman said the company has "well-established law enforcement channels for governments to contact us about emergencies".

The latest casualties bring the number of Philippine troops killed in the fighting to 58.

The military has made it their objective to liberate the city by June 12 to coincide with the country's Independence Day.

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